Playing along with the RevGals… for my 21st consecutive blog post!
1. What is your cure for the “mulleygrubs”?
Never heard this turn of phrase before today… if it is the same as “mulligrubs” Google tells me it refers to a despondent, sullen mood… Sleep is usually a good cure. Prayer focusing on gratitude and surrender. A phone call to any number of the lovely people in my life. And… being of service to others… sometimes in spite of myself. That basically always does the trick. Self-absorption is usually at the root of despondence… for me. Getting out of myself is its cure.
2. Where will you be for Thanksgiving?
We will be here, this year, in our new (to us) home. We are hosting friends who live a bit over an hour north of here. Most details are yet to be figured out, but I know that they are bringing a me-friendly pie. And that makes me happy!
3. What foods will be served? Which are traditional for your family?
Again… not positive yet… there will definitely be turkey (perhaps we’ll brine again…), and probably sweet potato and green apple stuffing (that’s the one staple T-giving dish in our married life, and maybe wild rice casserole (a staple from Kev’s family). I’d like to make a modified version of my mom’s applesauce muffins… those were a growing up staple… and I love them. They taste like Thanksgiving to me. I suspect we’ll make brussel sprouts– probably with bacon. If not brussel sprouts then something else green. And I imagine there will be gravy. And our friends are bringing pumpkin pie. That’s probably enough…
4. What do you wish could be deleted (or added) to your traditional Thanksgiving day?
We don’t exactly have a traditional Thanksgiving day. Every year, it seems, we’re somewhere different with someone different. So, I guess I’d like to establish some Thanksgiving tradition. Maybe that’s what I’d like to add. I hope to add some crafts this year too– may do some crafting with C this weekend.
5. In this season of Thanksgiving, what are you grateful for?
I am immensely grateful to have a call.
I am immensely grateful for the experience I had teaching in a seminary last year and for my marvelous mentor there.
I am immensely grateful for this house that feels more like a home than any house we’ve ever lived in.
I am immensely grateful to be and have a co-pastor.
I am immensely grateful for my generous, gentle, patient, playful husband.
I am immensely grateful for my healthy, growing, vibrant, articulate, delightful daughter.
I am immensely grateful for the massive network of loving family and friends I have scattered all over the world.
I am immensely grateful that several loved ones will be able to be here for C’s birthday weekend and my installation.
I am immensely grateful for the generosity of family members and church members.
I am immensely grateful for progress in my spiritual life.
I am immensely grateful to have ENOUGH.
I am immensely grateful for my breath.
So, so grateful.